January 16, 2003
Re "A Tax Cut Rooted in the Bush Pedigree," by Kevin Phillips, Opinion, Jan. 12: Why is anyone surprised that President Bush is proposing even more tax breaks that primarily benefit himself? Virtually everything he has done has been for that effect. From trying to drill for oil in the Alaskan wilderness, to his first tax cut for the very wealthy, to sabotaging the historic Kyoto accord, to trying to control more Middle East oil by starting a war, the only common thread is that it all builds his personal wealth.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 1999
Columnist Kenneth Khachigian would have us believe that the best thing to do with the surplus generated during the Clinton years is to give the money "back" to the people who earned it (Aug. 29). Khachigian revealed the hidden intent of Republicans in proposing a tax cut when he cited the 300 millionaires at Broadcom as people deserving of a break. That's Republican "logic." Let's not worry about education, health care, the Reagan debt or anything else as long as there is a needy millionaire out there with a tin (gold?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 1992
The Los Angeles Times (May 31) printed two letters pertaining to homelessness in La Jolla. One ranted at the "insecure and mean-spirited" La Jollans while the other raved that "the hearts of city leaders and residents has made La Jolla ugly." What inane nonsense! La Jolla's problem with the homeless is a new one, coinciding perfectly with the opening of a homeless center in the midst of our community. This center, prompted by politically correct activists, is assuring its "success" by offering free food as an attractant to transients and panhandlers which formerly frequented other areas.
September 20, 2011
Symbol of courage Re "Valor in the 'kill zone,' " Sept. 16 How proud all Marines must be to see one of their own awarded the nation's highest military award, the Medal of Honor, in a ceremony at the White House — lest we forget our troops defending our freedom 24/7 in places far from home. As the father of an active-duty Marine, I am particularly awed by the actions of Dakota Meyer, and I thank God every day that there are still those among us who answer to a much higher calling.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 1995
In the Simi Valley debate over school closings, some parents have complained that the district will be closing at least one school while it plans to build a new school in Wood Ranch. I live in Wood Ranch, and my house backs up to the site where the school will go. I do not support the district's haste in deciding to close a school without thoroughly looking at other alternatives first. But I hope that parents of the schools threatened by this action will not fall into the trap of neighborhood against neighborhodd and class warfare.
December 11, 2011 |
Conservatives were quick to accuse President Obama of embracing class warfare in his speech last week in Osawatomie, Kan. And liberal Democrats were thrilled to see a hint of the populist president they had hoped they were voting for in 2008. The polarized reactions suggest that Obama's speech succeeded in one of its goals: to frame the 2012 election as a clear choice between two philosophies, a contest he might be able to win, instead of a referendum on his own unhappy economic record.
January 12, 2003 |
Careful about all this "class warfare" talk. A little goes a long way and won't get us far. One cause for real alarm about the president's 10-year tax cut, deficit-increase package: the division it's tearing open in society. Some of the truly ugly episodes in America's political history are rooted in the demagoguery that sends one group rampaging against another. As Jefferson and a long string of other leaders both good and bad have observed, revolutions are sometimes necessary.